Biblical Archaeology Review 45:4, July/August September/October 2019


Painted in the red-figure style in the fifth century B.C.E by the Leningrad Painter—an ancient Greek artist identified by the characteristic style of elongated figures and archaic patterning in the way the cloth drapes—this vessel measures 12.5 inches high.

Crafted in the shape of a hydria—a Greek water-carrying container—this vessel is distinctive in that it depicts an artisan workshop with both male and female craftspeople; there is some debate as to whether this workshop produced ceramic or metal vessels. Although the scene is not a faithful representation of daily life in the workshop, as the goddesses Athena and Nike are present, the inclusion of the female potter provides possible evidence of female artisans practicing their craft in the ancient Greek world.

Found at Ruvo, Italy, this hydria is currently held in the art collection of the Banca Intesa Sanpaolo at the Palazzo Leoni Montanari in Vicenza, Italy.

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